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Vodacom Durban July

Fashion Trends with ANGELA CHISHIMBA
EVERY year, all roads lead to Africa’s greatest horse racing event dubbed Vodacom Durban July.
Durban July, as popularly referred to, is an annual event held the first Saturday of July.
The event, which is held at Greyville Racecourse, is a South African thoroughbred horse race.
Apart from the event being a sporty one, it also presents an opportunity for people to dress elegantly.
From the fashion that is showcased at the event, one would argue that the race is the second best thing about the day as most celebrities and regular patrons show up to show off their style.
Although there are some hard core race enthusiasts, many pay more attention to the fashion and entertainment that comes with the event.
This year’s theme was ‘leader of the pack,’ a time travel back in style to steal the show.
Despite the cloudy and cold weather, fashion lovers turned up in their stylish outfits, some, with intentions of scooping the best dressed prizes.
Some of the celebrities spotted at the event were Bonang Matheba with Clement Maosa, sports presenter Thomas Mlambo with songbird Bucie, and Boity Thulo as well as Zimbabwe’s Pokello.
Matheba was dressed by her go-to fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee.
She wore a floral off-the-shoulder dress with a peplum hemline, stealing the show at the jam-packed event.
Although some patrons came dressed elegantly, there were also a few fashion-gone-wrong outfits that were exhibited at the event.
And Johannesburg based fashion designer Margaret Ratau said the event is a platform to express one’s fashion taste.
“You never get a chance to dress the way I am dressed so for me, this is a platform to show off. For me, I love vintage so the theme is perfect,” she says.
Ratau, whose label is Queendom.mmm, said she takes advantage of such events as a designer by wearing her own design and makes sure she it is something nice and elegant.
“I make sure that I turn heads, and when people see what I am wearing, they ask for my cards which I splash out and we get a lot of contacts from such interactions and networking. So, your work should represent you, that is what I believe in.”
I am privileged to be one of the Journalists from the Southern African region who was invited for the Vodacom Durban July by the Durban Tourism Office.
It was also interesting to see journalists all dressed up!
So, for those itching to dress elegantly but do not have an idea of the appropriate platform, Durban July is the event that will avail you the chance of your life time.
Have a blessed weekend.
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